Thursday
May172018

5 Days of HP Latex R-Series

Written by Bob Miller – Manager of Color Services and Customer Experience.


As manager of color services at IT Supplies, I’ve seen a lot over my 18 years in the industry.  During this time, there have only been a few pivotal moments where breakthrough technology comes along and shakes up the industry.   The R Series is that technology.

Several weeks ago, I had an opportunity to travel to Boise for operator training on the R2000.  From the moment I walked into the room, it was obvious that this unit stood out from the rest.  Its sleek industrial design with touch screens on both sides let you know that this technology was painstakingly developed to handle the needs of today and tomorrow. 

So what’s the big deal?  The answer is simple.  Latex!

Adhesion and Gamut are no longer a tradeoff:

From day 1 we began testing the new R Series using a variety of different substrates.  These substrates included Foam Board, PVC, Paper, Coroplast, Tango Board, Acrylic, and more.  In every case, we discovered that the adhesive properties met or exceeded our expectations.

Ease of Use:

While the R series has many innovative features, some of the biggest advancements come directly from the automated way in which they handle the latex inks. Using a new feature called macro recirculation, this printer is designed to reduce the maintenance and waste typically associated with white ink.  Macro recirculation allows the white ink to flow from one side of the ink container, through the printer, and back into a separate bladder on the other side of the container.  This frequent circulation of ink keeps the heavier particles from clumping together and clogging the nozzles.  When not in use, the white ink print heads can be easily removed and replaced with recirculating print heads.  Once removed, the white ink print heads can be placed in the recirculation chamber within the printer.  This chamber rotates the print heads when not in use, thus keeping them ready to go at a moment’s notice.  

Other notable advancements contributing to reduced maintenance and ease of use include:
  1. Industrial, user replaceable, thermal print heads
  2. An optical droplet detector that senses when nozzles are out and redirects them as needed. 
  3. Auto print head maintenance
  4. Edge to edge media thickness sensor
  5. Auto skew adjustment between jobs on roll to roll.
In summary, I strongly urge anyone interested in purchasing a new flatbed printer to reach out to myself or any of the knowledgeable commercial sales specialists at IT Supplies.   This printer has so many advancements, that there is no way a short blog post can do it justice.   

To view the spec sheet for this series, click here and to view the R2000 on our website, click here!
Tuesday
May152018

HP Shows Off The R2000 at the FESPA Global Print Expo

The revolutionary rigid printing technology that HP announced in March had its debut at the at the FESPA Global Print Expo today in Berlin. The R Series is changing the printing industry with its quality and capabilities. Read HP’s press release below and check out the spec sheet for this series here and view the R2000 on our website here!

From HP

HP Debuts Breakthrough Latex Printer at FESPA

 

News highlights

  • HP Latex R2000 Printer introduced, featuring HP Latex Rigid printing technology and HP Latex White Ink
  • True hybrid for flexible and rigid printing, accommodates materials up to 2.5-meters/98-inches wide and up to 5-cm/2-inches thick

BERLIN, May 15, 2018 — Today at the FESPA Global Print Expo, HP Inc. unveiled the HP Latex R2000 Printer, the first hybrid solution for rigid and flexible sign and display printing in one device. HP announced its new Rigid Technology at the ISA Sign Expo in March, highlighting how customers will now be able to expand their offering into new, high-value applications while also opening fresh creative ideas and concepts for sign and display.

The first printer in the R Series is the game-changing HP Latex R2000 Printer, which today made its world debut at FESPA at the HP Yesville booth (#3.2 C20). The printers are commercially available beginning next month.

 

 

“Anyone who tracks this industry knows today is a major milestone in printing as we unveil the HP Latex R2000 Printer,” said Joan Pérez Pericot, General Manager, HP Large Format Graphics Business, HP Inc. “HP developed this breakthrough technology based on print service providers (PSPs) continued request for an HP Latex printer to print on both rigid and flexible materials using our water-based inks. This introduction is another step forward in how HP creates the best experiences for our customers, continually reinventing the possibilities of print.”

Coupled with the revolutionary HP Latex White Ink –  delivering the glossiest white3 on transparent and colored media – The HP Latex R2000 Printer powers PSPs with ultimate versatility through a single ink set. Applications such as retail, outdoor signage, window graphics, events and exhibitions, decoration and car wrapping are now a possibility.

Advanced engineering and driving high productivity, printer performance specifics include:

  • High-speed quality up to 88 sqm/h (947 sqf/h) – continuous loading
  • High accuracy belt system and productive workflow with 14 automatic independent chambers
  • Reliable flexible printing, leveraging assets from current portfolio, up to 100kg rolls
  • Redesigned HP Latex Inks to achieve vibrant color gamut on rigid while preserving media gloss and feel, and prints with no smell

  • Durable and flexible water-based ink for high adhesion and scratch resistance with a new HP Latex Overcoat3
  • Lower temperatures allowing wide media versatility
  • Automatic maintenance, smart vacuum, and easy loading
  • Productivity enhanced with HP Smart Services

Availability varies by region and country. Please refer to local HP representatives for more information and visit: Hp.com/go/latexR2000.  

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Thursday
May032018

Canon imagePROGRAF PRO Series Now Compatible with ColorByte ImagePrint Software!

 

Great news for Canon wide-format users of their imagePROGRAF PRO Series with the new offering of compatibly with ColorByte ImagePrint Software products. This is advantageous to Canon imagePROGRAF users who can now utilize the tools that ColorByte ImagePrint software offering maximizing efficiency and enhanced print quality. You can find the ImagePrint software here and Canon imagePROGRAF PRO Printers here.

 

From Canon USA

Canon imagePROGRAF Devices Now Compatible with ColorByte ImagePrint Software to Enhance Fine-Art, Photo, Graphic Arts and Technical Document Printing


MELVILLE, N.Y., March 27, 2018 – Continuing to collaborate with third-party business partners to provide end-users with additional tools to expand the possibilities for printing, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has announced that Canon’s imagePROGRAF large-format printers are now compatible with ColorByte’s two ImagePrint software products: ImagePrint BLACK and ImagePrint R.E.D. While ImagePrint BLACK is exclusive to the imagePROGRAF PRO Series, the cost-effective ImagePrint R.E.D. software can be used be with all devices in Canon’s imagePROGRAF lineup, including the new imagePROGRAF TX Series devices.

When used together, Canon’s imagePROGRAF devices and ImagePrint software enables end-users to maximize the efficiency of their color management process and achieve exceptional output, a critical feature for those who print fine-art, photography, graphic arts, signage, and technical document displays with their large-format printer.

“What is most important to Canon is the ability of our devices to fit the needs of the end-user,” said Toyotsugu Kuwamura, executive vice president and general manager, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “The devices that we offer our customers are designed to be versatile and accommodating to reputable third-party software, such as ColorByte’s ImagePrint solutions. With these software offerings, imagePROGRAF users can get the most out of their large-format printing process with advanced color management controls and automation tools to further streamline their workflow.” 

Canon imagePROGRAF customers can take advantage of the following features included in both the ImagePrint BLACK and ImagePrint R.E.D. software:

  • RIP (raster image processing) capabilities for advanced control over color, speed, and overall quality of prints
  • Automatic color management – by default, the software selects the correct profile automatically when selecting the paper made by the printer manufacturer
  • Multi-page PDF support including the color management of named colors
  • Image adjustment tools – smart crop, step and repeat, tiling, borders and backgrounds, black & white toning and nesting to name a few
  • Advanced page layout and resizing tools – geared towards the proper handling of photographs, print ready PDF and technical documents
  • Accurate preview shows exactly what your printed page will look like
  • Workflow automation tools
  • Professional print job management spooler
  • Tools for making packaged prints
  • Ability to print directly from a variety of file types including TIFF, JPEG, PSD and PDF

ImagePrint R.E.D.

A key attraction of the new ImagePrint R.E.D. software is its affordability.  ImagePrint R.E.D. is designed for those looking to make superior prints at an attractive price point without the need for the highly customized driver and profile solution offered by the original ImagePrint BLACK software. With advanced color management controls, the same intuitive user interface, and by using the driver that ships with the printer, ImagePrint R.E.D. is available for purchase from ColorByte at an MSRP of $599 for use with printers 24 inches and larger ($399 MSRP for use with printers 17 inches or smaller).*

“ImagePrint R.E.D is an exciting new product. It’s the first time that ColorByte has offered a product to the broader ink jet printing market including the signage and even AEC markets.  We combined the best printing related features and even added some new ones to cover the demanding needs of those using inkjet printing technology.  Our goal was to provide a superior way to print at a very affordable price for multiple markets using ink jet technology,” said John Pannozzo, ColorByte Software President.

ImagePrint BLACK

For those customers looking for more advanced features and controls, including access to over 25,000 custom-built media profiles, ImagePrint BLACK provides an alternative to those needing the very best quality in both color and black-and-white on a wide range of specialty fine art and photographic media and not wanting the expense and complexity of building their own profiles. ImagePrint BLACK is available for purchase from ColorByte starting at an MSRP of $1495 for printers 24 inches and larger (and $895 MSRP for use with printers of 17 inches in size). *

Canon’s Celebrated imagePROGRAF Devices

The Canon imagePROGRAF PRO Series line of large format devices ranges from 17 to 60 inches and are designed to deliver output solutions for photographers and graphic artists who are “equally obsessed” with the printed image. All devices included in Canon’s PRO Series help users achieve spectacular high-quality output and share the same core technologies, including 12-ink channels, embedded color calibration, and chroma optimizer to achieve superb color and anti-bronzing.

A key benefit of the PRO Series is the dedicated ink nozzles for both matte black and photo blank inks, which enable users to seamlessly print on a variety of media without the need to switch between the two inks and interrupt the printing process.  Additionally, the devices offer anti-clogging technology so that if a clog is detected, another nozzle automatically provides backup to prevent wasted prints. A sub-ink tank system allows for continuous prints due to its ability to replace ink without stopping the printing operation – an important feature for those who handle print jobs with long durations.

ColorByte is a gold member of the Canon Alliance Partner Program (CAPP) for imagePROGRAF Large-Format Solutions, an alliance network in which Canon works closely with third-party software companies and industry leaders to offer innovative software solutions to imagePROGRAF customers.

For more information on Canon large format solutions, please visit www.usa.canon.com/largeformat.

For more information about the Canon Alliance Partner Program (CAPP) for imagePROGRAF Large-Format Solutions, please visit www.usa.canon.com/imageprografalliance.

About ColorByte

ColorByte Software is dedicated to the innovation of color management and ink jet printing technologies through software development.  A leader in ink jet printing solutions for photography, fine art, graphic arts, textile and technical document printing, ColorByte offices are located at 234 Crystal Grove Blvd. Lutz Florida 33548.  For more information visit www.colorbytesoftware.com or call 813-963-0241.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions to the United States and to Latin America and the Caribbean markets. With approximately $36 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents granted in 2017† and is one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies in 2018. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based service and support for all of the products it distributes in the United States. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. In 2014, the Canon Americas Headquarters secured LEED® Gold certification, a recognition for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of high-performance green buildings. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company’s RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss and follow us on Twitter @CanonUSA. For media inquiries, please contact pr@cusa.canon.com.

Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.

*Actual price set by dealers and vendors may vary.

Thursday
Mar222018

HP Latex Printing Technology Announcement

From HP

ORLANDO, Fla. — MARCH 22, 2018 — Today at ISA Sign Expo, HP Inc. announced the HP Latex R Series, the first, true hybrid latex technology that merges HP’s renowned flexible printing capabilities into rigid printing. The HP Latex R Series brings the most vibrant colors into the rigid printing world, and pioneers white ink capabilities with the introduction of HP Latex White Ink.

The HP Latex R series brings unparalleled speed and quality to a wide range of rigid materials, such as foamboards, foam PVC, cardboard, fluted polypropylene, solid plastics, aluminum, wood and glass among others. Unlike UV printing technology, which creates a thick layer of ink that completely covers the material, HP’s water-based Latex Inks preserve the look and feel of the media, and deliver odorless prints that are both safe for the environment and the printer operator.

“With the new HP Latex Rigid Technology, our customers can expand their offering into new, high-value applications while also opening fresh creative ideas and concepts for sign and display that provide their users greater value,” says Joan Perez Pericot, GM, HP Large Format Graphics Business, HP Inc.

Tackling one of the industry’s most pervasive limitations in printing, HP’s White Latex Ink has an innovative system that recirculates the white ink to avoid settling. For the first time, HP’s innovative White Latex Ink delivers glossy, high-quality “true white” that doesn’t yellow over time like traditional UV-based white ink does.

“White ink has been a consistent problem for the industry. Traditionally it uses bigger and heavier pigment particles that frequently clog printheads, or the opaque mixture becomes separated and settles to the bottom of the ink reservoir. Until now, physically shaking the reservoirs often has been the necessary solution,” says Thom Brown, chief inkologist at HP. “Through HP’s investment in innovation around chemistry and engineering, the white ink solution with the HP Latex R Series is an industry breakthrough.” The HP Latex R Series will be available during Q3 of 2018, with a full industry debut occurring in May at FESPA in Berlin, Germany.
Tuesday
Mar132018

Epson SureColor F2100 VS SureColor F2000

Written by Lann Tarrant III - IT Supplies Textile Printing Expert

Should I invest in the Epson F2100 or F2000?

Our team just wrapped up the NBM Arlington tradeshow last weekend.  We spoke with hundreds of professional printers in the apparel and signage market, and I even taught a class on the direct to garment process.  Without a doubt, this has been our number one question since the unveiling of the F2100 in January at ISS Long Beach. The market’s number one selling DTG, the Epson F2000, has been the choice of printer for both start-ups and production fulfillment houses alike.


So, what’s the big deal about the newer version of the F2000?

At first glance, the obvious new color scheme and peculiar added “black box” on the back of the printer stand out to those with F2000. Outside of the appearance difference, Epson made some key changes to upgrade performance from the F2000. The most notable of these changes include:

  • Variable drop technology: This allows for better image quality with graphics that have gradient colors. The printer can better control the size of the dot of ink dropped, to ensure a better transition in colors and tone. This can also mean ink savings… who doesn’t want that?
  • Maintenance upgrades:
    • The F2100 comes with an additional white ink filter (the added black box). Anyone who is researching DTG, or currently printing DTG, knows that white ink maintenance is crucial to success. While the F2000 already had a couple filter points for the white ink, Epson added an additional white ink filter for increased protection from clogging nozzles in the F2100.
    • The F2100 promotes even more convenience with its inline solution for maintenance. Translation: no more drops. Currently with the F2000, the operator will put 10ml of solution into the printhead capping station at the end of the day. While it is not that time consuming or expensive, the F2100 eliminates this process by having a solution cartridge in the ink bay system.
  • Double the print modes: The F2000 has three basic print modes, fast, quality, and high quality. All of which allow the printer to move at different speeds. The F2100 gives the operator six different print modes to choose from, including using the highlight white mode that increases speed. The additional print modes allow you to really customize the priorities of each print job you do.
  • Increased speeds: The F2100 has up to 35% faster printing on images using white ink, and twice as fast printing without white ink (because of the new print modes available).

The F2100 is currently $15,995 after rebates, and the first wave of printer deliveries is set for late March/early April. The F2000 is $12,995 after rebates and available now (the lowest price for the printer since its induction).

Inevitably, there will be a large amount of businesses that always want the newest thing. I may actually be one of those people myself (I had to have the iPhone X!). For those currently in production with DTG and have a demand for custom shirts from customers that keep their printers printing all through the week, adding the F2100 makes perfect sense. If you already have an F2000 and need to add another to keep up, the F2100 would be ideal, especially since the included Garment Creator software will allow you to use both models from one computer!

Why would I buy the F2000 now? 

Proven, supported, efficient. Epson has thousands of F2000’s in the states alone. It has outstanding image quality, and great support from Epson. It baffles me that most competitive DTG’s still do not warranty the printhead past the first year. Epson coverage is available for 3 total years. Did I mention it is being sold at the lowest price ever??

If you are just getting into the market, this is your printer. Obviously, the F2100 will work as well, but consider an opportunity to save the money with the F2000 upfront while testing the waters in a market new to your company. With the right accessories, you could be ready to take orders for under $18k. You should expect to produce about 20-25 shirts an hour (dark and white colored shirts) and up to 40-45 shirts if you are not using white ink. This is more than enough capability to get you up and running in the market. Once your demand exceeds what one F2000 can handle, adding an F2100 to your workflow is simple.

The good news is that you cannot go wrong with either printer.

You can learn all the differences and benefits for the F2000 and F2100 by contacting one of our Textile Print Specialists at IT Supplies at (800) 771-9665. We would love to help you find the printer that is the best fit for your business!